Forum & policy stakeholder roundtable
Hybrid event

Live in Budapest (Millenáris, 1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16-20 & online
22 November 2021

The global pandemic has affected our lives in almost every aspect from our health and families to our economy and our prospects. It is a challenge not only to re-launch the economy but to re-launch it on a path that leads to more resilience, growth and sustainability on a national and a regional basis.

This path should include more women and more investments into innovation in the V4+ and the Central-Eastern European regions where market economy is much younger than in Western Europe. As a non-profit, nonpartisan organisation driving the discussion we connect stakeholders from two axes – V4+ countries plus Norway, Serbia, Romania – for the first time. This is why a policy discussion is long due on the topic of business angel investments, innovative start-ups and more female participation in both parts. We invite the stakeholders to discuss their approach, share their opinions and display their results in special roundtables on innovation and business angel investments.

Women/Business/Angels Association holds a special, hybrid forum on 22 November from 15.00 to foster communication among the key players of these regions and topics, and to allow drawing conclusions in terms of good practices for the future. The forum will start with a welcome and a keynote, then from 15.30 a stakeholder panel debate will be held on how to involve more women into innovation funding. In the second half of the event, from 16.20 the WINGATE project will be introduced in more details, focusing on the founding side of startups, titled Innovation in many colors – Innovation support case studies. The event will be closed at 17.30.

>> The event is an opportunity to learn from the experiences of two different projects that nevertheless have similar goals – supporting innovative women entrepreneurs and business angels – and an overlapping geographical coverage.

The WINGATE project: Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Norway
We are also beneficiary partners in the WINGATE project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. This consortium work across Norway, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, supporting and training women entrepreneurs and women business angels.

The Visegrad 4+ project: Visegrad 4+ countries
Women/Business/Angels Association is the consortium leader of a project, co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund, with participating partners from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Georgia and Moldova besides Hungary. We aim to support the development of business angeldom and innovation ecosystem building in these countries and within that, the role that women play in making investment decisions in innovative startups.

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